Let me tell you about the best Diamond Colors in the whole wide world: D-E-F Colors.
D, E, and F Colors are the 3 Grades of Colors in the Colorless range.
The Colorless range (Pure White Diamonds) make up the highest and best Color category there is in Diamonds.
The Color Chart starts with the letter D and goes all the way down the Alphabet to the letter Z (Light Yellow). Light Yellow is putting it mildly.
Anything past M Color is really Yellow! See the GIA Color Grading Chart below…
D is the best of the best. Any Diamond in the D-E-F range will be very White. They almost look like there’s a spot light on them. They are that bright!
I LOVE Colorless Diamonds. They have absolutely no color in them whatsoever.
All you see is Whiteness
Most Diamonds are not like this. Most of the Diamonds on the market do have a slight Yellow hue to them (Near Colorless Range).
And what’s funny is, most people don’t know this. Most people never get to compare a Pure White Diamond up against a Near Colorless Diamond (G-H-I-J), which are the popular Colors sold in stores.
So with no comparisons, you don’t know what you’re missing!
This is a shame. Because to me, there is a HUGE difference in them.
Pure White Diamonds are breathtaking and vivid. The Whiteness of the body tone seems to light up the whole stone and make it brighter. Of course, this isn’t totally true, but if you had a Diamond that was Cut well (like an Excellent or Very Good Cut), that Diamond would be extremely bright and extremely White.
It’s putting a great Cut together with a great Color. That combo can’t be beat!
The Results are Incredible
Clarity is not a big issue when it comes to the beauty of a stone. As long as you buy a Certified Diamond (GIA or AGS) of SI1 Clarity or higher, your stone will look wonderful, clean and you’ll never see any Flaws with the naked eye. Nor will the Inclusions block Light or block Sparkle. SI1 or higher Clarity is the key!
But Color, Color you WILL see with the naked eye.
You can tell if a Diamond is off-White, Dark, Gray, Brown, or Yellow. You can see this. You can put Pure White stones up against any other colors and visibly spot the difference.
It makes quite an impact when I show customers what a Colorless stone really looks like. You can almost hear their jaw hit the ground. Stunning is all that comes to mind.
Once customers see Pure White Diamonds they are sold. They want nothing else.
I’m the same way. Any Diamond I buy, no matter what the size or what the deal is, it has to be D, E or F.
That’s how much I love and adore their beauty. It’s a sight to behold.
Which Color should you Buy?
Anything in the Colorless range is top notch and ideal. You won’t regret any of them.
D is the highest and rarest, but also commands the highest price. You won’t find a lot of these on the market. Perfection doesn’t come in abundance.
E Color is Pure White and you won’t notice any color differences between a D and a E. E is the perfect Color of Diamond. I recommend E hands down.
The Color Test
Go into a local Jewelry Store and ask them to show you 2 Diamonds. Both being 1.00 Carat (just because), SI1 Clarity (popular) and both with an an Excellent Cut. The only difference between these 2 Diamonds are going to be the Color. One should be an E, the other should be an I. I say I Color because that is a nice average Diamond Color.
This eye test is a great test. Everything’s the same except for the Color, and boy will there be a difference. You should be blown away!!!
E Color will make you wear your sunglasses. It’s out of this world.
Here’s an example of an E Colored Diamond up against an I Colored Diamond.
If you have an E Colored Diamond in your Engagement Ring (please do), and you put your Diamond Ring up against your girlfriend’s Ring (which they all do), chances are very good that your Diamond will look very bright and white, and hers will probably look dark, dull and dingy (Yellow does that). Plus, a Whiter, brighter Diamond will also look Bigger! Bonus!
Why does it make it look bigger? Because of the Brightness, Sparkle and Color. It’s a win-win situation. It makes the stone POP!
This is why I always push E Color, SI1 or higher (my fav is VS1 or VS2), with a Very Good or Excellent Cut Grade, and of course, GIA or AGS Certified! It MUST be Certified!
I’m all about quality (should be after 25 years of this), and simply beautiful Diamonds. People always want to know what I would buy. That’s it! That’s a Jeweler’s recommendation. With those Diamonds you won’t stop looking at them. You will fall in love with them and get lost in their sparkle.
What about F Color?
F Color is just as good… almost.
F Color is still Pure White, and they are cheaper of course than a D or E, but since F is at the bottom of the Colorless range, and right above the Near Colorless range, sometimes F Color looks just like a G. That’s right, sometimes an F will resemble a G and most people would see no difference between them, except for the price.
Diamonds come in a range of Colors, not just one color tone at a time. So slight variations will run through a Diamond just like skin tones in people. They are all different!
One F Diamond could be Whiter than another F Color Diamond. One F Color could sit right next to a G on the Color Charts and look almost identical. See image below…
This could also be true for any Color you choose, but if it happens to a D or an E, you’ll still get a Pure White Colorless Diamond.
This is also why if you buy a Diamond, you must buy GIA or AGS Certified stones. They are very strict in their gradings and very accurate. When they say it’s an F Color, you can be assured that it’s an F.
With any other certificate company you may not get so lucky.
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|CARAT WEIGHT, CLARITY, COLOR, CUT, CERTIFIED||PRICE||VIEW|
|.75, VS2, F, EXCELLENT, GIA||$3,670||VIEW|
|.80, VS2, E, EXCELLENT, GIA||$4,510||VIEW|
|.86, VS1, F, EXCELLENT, GIA||$5,310||VIEW|
|.90, VVS2, F, EXCELLENT, GIA||$7,190||VIEW|
|1.09, VVS1, D, EXCELLENT, GIA||$15,460||VIEW|
You will pay more for Diamonds with no color in them, but if you’re looking for a top quality, exceptional Diamond, don’t skimp or get lost in buying the best Clarity. Put your money into Colorless, because unless you carry around a Microscope, you’ll never see the differences in the higher Clarities.
Color is where it’s at!
Color you can see, or should I say, No Color is what you should see. :)
White is White!
But Pure White is better!
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